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Digital Wish Grant Winners for July 2013!!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 04:39:45 PM Wed 08/14/2013

Digital Wish Grant Winners for July 2013

Winner Grant Date
Elizabeth Willoughby Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - July 07/31/2013
Brandi Bass Digital Media in the Classroom - July 07/31/2013
Wendy Mitchell Digital Projects for the Classroom - July 07/31/2013

 

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Donated Brocade Mobility Wireless Equipment for Schools with 50% Free and Reduced Lunch
Posted by Jonathan Gallup at 10:40:34 AM Tue 07/16/2013

July 15th, 2013, Manchester Center, VT – Qualified schools can receive up to 10 Brocade Mobility wireless LAN controllers and access points. Brocade has generously donated a selection of their Brocade wireless hardware products to Digital Wish and these donations are now available to schools. Even for small schools, wireless equipment can cost upwards of $30,000 but with Digital Wish’s donation program, hardware is provided for just a delivery fee. Schools that have 50% of students in the free and reduced lunch program can receive donated products like the Series 300 Access points, Series 5181 Outdoor access points, Series 7131 Access points, and RFS7000 LAN controller.  The street value of this equipment ranges between $265 to $5,500. See them here.


With this special offer schools can get 10 Brocade products per year. These products can also be used to expand the size of a Brocade wireless network. The products also feature automatic configuration meaning the access point will automatically download all configuration parameter and any necessary firmware updates. This greatly reduces installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting costs. There is also a built-in power supply that receives power and transfers data through a single CAT-5 Ethernet cable.


With a secure wireless network, you can provide building-wide access, or even remote access with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Plus, you can grant wireless network access to your administrators, teachers, students and guests; easily share printers, servers, intranets, and wireless applications; and take advantage of real-time web conferencing tools without slowing down your internet.


Brocade hardware can help address WiFi overload in high-use environments, like conference rooms, auditoriums, classrooms, and lobbies. When large numbers of devices try to simultaneously access your WiFi, Brocade’s tools monitor each session over the network, and adjust the network as needed to keep it running smoothly. Technology is a key part of a modern education.


Brocade also donated some of their high-performance controllers and access points for large scale schools. These devices support high bandwidth wireless networks and provide comprehensive, layered security (FIPS compliant).  The 50% free and reduced lunch qualification applies. [email protected]

 

About Digital Wish

At www.digitalwish.org, teachers make technology wishes, and donors make those wishes come true with contributions, bringing technology to needy classrooms in all 50 states. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 30,592 classroom technology wishes through its online network of over 62,000 teachers, and delivered over $13 million in technology products to American classrooms directly impacting over 500,000 students.


For more information, contact Amanda Stevens, [email protected], 802-375-6721.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Grant Winners for June Announced!!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 05:49:02 PM Tue 07/02/2013

Congratulations to our June Grant Recipients!!  Thank you all for your lesson plan submissions!!

Jessica PSimer Digital Media in the Classroom - June 06/30/2013
Frank Spina Collaborative Writing and Debating - June 06/30/2013
Deborah Moss Digital Projects for the Classroom - June 06/30/2013
Elaine Dorn Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - June 06/30/2013
NICHOLE FOX Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - June 06/30/2013
Linda Sanchini Discover your Community! 06/30/2013
Heather Lightner Discover your Community! 06/30/2013
Gina Jandreau Discover your Community! 06/30/2013
Tracy Bagwell Discover your Community! 06/30/2013
John Mohn Discover your Community! 06/30/2013
Colleen Zoller Discover your Community! 06/30/2013
Ellen H. Hebert Discover your Community! 06/30/2013
Lisa Freeman Discover your Community! 06/30/2013
Missy Johnson Discover your Community! 06/30/2013

 

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Student Understanding of Digital Citizenship Rises from 26% to 96% in Three Class Periods Using Digital Wish’s Turnkey Curriculum!
Posted by Jonathan Gallup at 10:28:39 AM Fri 06/21/2013

June 20th, 2013, Manchester Center, VT - After implementation of the Digital Citizenship curriculum, students in Windham Central Supervisory Union and Nashua School District saw the percentage of their students who understood Digital Citizenship triple and quadruple. This turnkey curriculum includes lesson plans, printable worksheets, activities, and a poster contest. The program teaches students and teachers about internet safety, media resources, and media copyright. Rapid gains were measured after just 3-4 class periods, and afterwards many students even considered themselves experts. Read the research study.


We asked 463 students in the Nashua School District, “Do you know what being a good Digital Citizen means?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only one in four students could answer “Yes” before the course, but after the Digital Wish training, nearly all students understood what it means to be a good Digital Citizen.  “We saw incredible gains after just three class periods with the students in Nashua. Their understanding of Digital Citizenship translated immediately into safe practice.” said Eric Bird, the program director. Read the study.


 

The 139 students from Windham, Vermont reported parallel gains when they ran a 4-class period course, adding the production of student skits as a final demonstration of their new knowledge. There was a significant increase in their understanding of rights and responsibilities on the internet, protecting their personal information, and treating other people on the internet with respect.


Students’ willingness to practice Digital Citizenship, as well as encourage others to do so, also doubled. The skills students gain from this simple yet critical course provide an important foundation for a lifetime of technology usage.


Get the Curriculum

The Digital Citizenship curriculum is available for just $199 per school site license for the complete book / CD set.  It includes videos, classroom-ready activities, lesson plans, printable worksheets, and a poster contest.  

http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=6555


 

This Digital Citizenship curriculum is an important piece of Digital Wish’s School Modernization Initiative. For the past three years, Digital Wish has been studying the process of implementing one-computer-per-child programs in 28 schools. Digital Wish is an educational non-profit on a mission to bring technology to American classrooms in order to prepare students to thrive in the global economy. So far this initiative has had outstanding results with 73% of students finding school work more enjoyable and 85% producing better work.

 

About Digital Wish

At www.digitalwish.org, teachers make technology wishes, and donors make those wishes come true with contributions, bringing technology to needy classrooms in all 50 states. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 30,572 classroom technology wishes through its online network of over 62,000 teachers, and delivered over $13 million in technology products to American classrooms directly impacting over 500,000 students. For more information, contact Amanda Stevens, [email protected], 802-375-6721

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Grant Winners for May Announced!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 04:00:25 PM Mon 06/03/2013


Congratulations to our May grant recipients!!


Rosa Rodriguez Spring into STEM Skills! 05/31/2013
Melissa Miller Digital Projects for the Classroom - May 05/31/2013
Debra Williams Collaborative Writing and Debating - May 05/31/2013
Adele Singer Digital Media in the Classroom - Happy Spring! 05/31/2013
Kathy Damon Digital Media in the Classroom - Happy Spring! 05/31/2013
Courtney DeWitt Digital Media in the Classroom - Happy Spring! 05/31/2013
Susan Ekblade Spring into STEM Skills! 05/31/2013
Edwin Everett Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - May 05/31/2013

 

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

DIGITAL WISH AND MOBILE BEACON PARTNER TO GIVE $10/MONTH DATA PLANS AND FREE 4G MODEMS TO EDUCATORS
Posted by Jonathan Gallup at 10:17:44 AM Tue 05/21/2013

DIGITAL WISH AND MOBILE BEACON PARTNER TO GIVE $10/MONTH DATA PLANS AND FREE 4G MODEMS TO EDUCATORS

May 2013 (Manchester Center, VT) - Digital Wish has teamed up to bring Mobile Beacon’s 4G mobile broadband donation program to educators on DigitalWish.org. Through Mobile Beacon’s program, qualified public schools, 501(c)3 nonprofit schools, and libraries will receive up to 11 donated 4G devices when they sign up for a 1-year unlimited 4G data plan for $10 per month per device. Additionally, Mobile Beacon is offering schools in certain disaster recover states (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island) up to 26 donated devices to help them rebuild following the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

“Connectivity is core requirement as student learning migrates online. We are so excited to be able to offer this program to schools for both teacher and student connectivity. Mobile Beacon is the ideal partner to help us usher in the new era of mobile learning that extends well beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Heather Chirtea, Executive Director of Digital Wish.

Mobile Beacon is a leading provider of affordable mobile Internet service exclusively for educational and nonprofit organizations.  The program helps schools provide 24/7 mobile connectivity for teachers and staff, and offers a method to provide out-of-school Internet access to underprivileged students at an affordable rate.

“Out-of-school Internet access is arguably as important to the overall quality of the learning experience as in-school access,” said Katherine Messier, Managing Director for Mobile Beacon. “This program is designed to give schools maximum flexibility to decide how they can best make use our mobile broadband service. The donated devices can be used by teachers, administrators, staff, or students to provide access both in and out of school.”

Teachers and school staff can choose any combination of 4G devices, including a Wi-Fi modem, USB modem, and mobile hotspot. Mobile Beacon offers assistance determining the best mix of devices based on the school’s planned use. Examples of ways educators can benefit from Mobile Beacon’s 4G service include:

  • Using mobile devices to support BYOD and 1:1 learning initiatives.
  • Providing out-of-school access to students who do not have Internet access at home.
  • Supplementing a school or district’s existing Internet service to meet the broadband demands of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
  • Creating a low cost, back-up Internet source in case a school’s primary Internet service goes down.
  • Keeping teachers, staff, and students connected during field trips, sporting events, and other off-campus activities.


Interested public schools, 501(c)(3) nonprofit schools, and libraries should visit DigitalWish.org and select the “Mobile Broadband” offering right from the home page and “Shop” areas. If they’re not yet a Digital Wish member, schools can sign up and register their organization for free. They will then be able to request donations.

Additional 4G devices beyond what is included in Mobile Beacon’s donation programs are available at standard rates. There is no limit on the number of devices that can be requested by qualified nonprofit and educational organizations.

About Digital Wish
At www.digitalwish.org, teachers make technology wishes, and donors make those wishes come true with contributions, bringing technology to needy classrooms in all 50 states. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 30,500 classroom technology wishes through its online network of over 62,000 teachers, and delivered over $13 million in technology products to American classrooms directly impacting over 500,000 students.
Contact: Amanda Stevens, 802-375-6721 [email protected]
 
About Mobile Beacon
Mobile Beacon provides fourth generation (4G) mobile broadband services exclusively to education and nonprofit organizations across the United States. Mobile Beacon was created by a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has more than 20 years experience serving the educational community and is one of the largest national educational broadband service (EBS) providers in the country. Through an agreement with Clearwire, Mobile Beacon provides high-speed data services and mobile Internet access to educational and nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.mobilebeacon.org.
Contact: Katherine Messier, (401) 934-0500

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Free IT Help Desk for Schools Through April from Digital Wish
Posted by Jonathan Gallup at 03:39:48 PM Thu 04/18/2013

Teachers and students can email their tech questions to [email protected]


Manchester Center, VT, April 18, 2013 – Digital Wish has teamed up with The Community Corps to provide a free technology help desk for schools in April. Just email your questions to [email protected] and get a response from a skilled technology volunteer working at a Fortune 500 corporation.  Every inquiry is screened to remove personal contact information so it’s safe for students too. Responses are returned within one business day. Ask about PowerPoint, Excel, server configurations or absolutely any IT topic.


Make sure you can receive our email

There’s no sign-up required, but you’ll want to make sure you can receive email from Digital Wish. Simply enter your email address at this link and you’ll get a confirmation email to ensure help gets through the school’s spam filter.

http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/helpdesk

 

“Teachers need more IT support in the classroom” said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish’s Founder. “We have a team of skilled IT professionals who are standing by to help. We want educators to invite their students to send in questions too.” The free help desk will continue throughout the month of April.


About Digital Wish

At www.digitalwish.org, teachers make technology wishes, and donors make those wishes come true with contributions, bringing technology to needy classrooms in all 50 states. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 30,400 classroom technology wishes through its online network of over 62,000 teachers, and delivered over $13 million in technology products to American classrooms directly impacting over 500,000 students.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Students Can Get Career Advice From Fortune500 Executives by Email – Through April on Digital Wish
Posted by Jonathan Gallup at 05:21:05 PM Tue 04/09/2013

Manchester Center, VT, April 9, 2013 – Invite your students to email career questions to [email protected], throughout the month of April. Students will get responses from real professionals working at one of the largest corporations in America. Every email is screened to remove personal information before it's sent to the volunteers - so it's safe for students. Sign up here and then get an entire class to email their career questions. Responses are typically returned within one school day. Digital Wish has teamed up with The Community Corps, a nonprofit that mobilizes thousands of corporate volunteers each year to bring this great program to schools.


“This a great opportunity for a teacher to assign a class writing project - especially given the proximity to summer when kids will be seeking jobs,” said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish’s founder. “Teachers can invite an entire class of students to email in their career questions and executives will send answers from the field.”  A team of volunteers is standing by to help. Digital Wish invites teachers to take advantage of this totally free program.

 

Make Sure you can Receive our Email

There’s no sign-up required, but you’ll want to make sure you can receive email from Digital Wish. Simply enter your email address at this link and you’ll get a confirmation email to ensure help gets through the school’s spam filter.

http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/helpdesk

 

About Digital Wish

At www.digitalwish.org, teachers make technology wishes, and donors make those wishes come true with contributions, bringing technology to needy classrooms in all 50 states. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 30,400 classroom technology wishes through its online network of over 62,000 teachers, and delivered over $13 million in technology products to American classrooms directly impacting over 500,000 students.


Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

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